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Date Posted: 12:06:22 03/17/02 Sun
In reply to: Bob 's message, "Reed Troubles..." on 23:06:18 03/16/02 Sat

Enlighten us more. What reed and chanter combonation are you using? What brand of pipes do you have?
One thing that you may want to do is get on Chris Hamilton's website and go under the "goodies" section and read up on his problem solving section. There is a world of information in there that may help so read it all. It has helped me and many other pipers.
If you need the web address you can email me and I'll be happy to send it to you.
Take care and good luck. -Kelly

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[> Subject: Re: Reed Troubles...

Hank Delison
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Date Posted: 15:58:40 03/17/02 Sun

>I'm a fairly new piper who has been having cane reed
>troubles for quite some time now. My teacher has not
>been able to help the problem at all...
>What the problem is is that the reed plays very flat,
>so flat that the drones have to be pulled out VERY far
>- to the point where they fall out if I move the wrong
>way. To add to that, the high G and A are both a full
>half step flat below that. There is no difference
>between my G and my F. If anyone has any ideas as to
>what might be wrong, please enlighten me. Thanks!

I don't quite understand, if you have an instructor why hasn't he or she told you how to tune a reed in! Or am I missing something here. If your reed tunes flat, push it into the chanter seat a bit, try it and if it's still flat push it in some more. You may, probably have to take some of the hemp off of it. It you wind up too sharp, pull it out by wraping a bit of hemp around the bottem of the reed. I had to do this just last nite with the band. My reed was way sharp. Wrapped a bit of hemp around the bottem and I was good to go.
Maybe you've tried this already. In which case, throw the reed into your case and try a different reed. That one just doesn't fit your chanter.
Bottem line here is your teacher should have told you all of this. If not, find a new teacher.
Sorry to sound so rough, but you did say your teacher had been no help.

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